Re: The keychain package, its debconf templates, the security hole induced
On Fri, 21 Jan 2005, Goswin von Brederlow wrote:
> Henrique de Moraes Holschuh <email@example.com> writes:
> > This can very well be a much bigger security risk than doing what you
> > already do BUT using passphrases AND ssh-agent to reduce the window of
> > opportunity.
> Even if you get hold of the key all you can do with it is exactly what
> the cron job is doing anyway. The worst you can do is flood the
> destination system with jobs, e.g. start a daily cron job every
That depends on what you're running on the other side, doesn't it? If it can
be exploited depending on what you do with it...
> Limiting an ssh key to a specific command severly limits the damage
> you can do with it. This should be a must for any key that is to be
> used non interactively.
Agreed. But that is orthogonal to ssh-agent use, since ssh-agent use (and
keychain use) does NOT preclude specific command limiting.
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